Is the future of films with big ideas still small?Posted: September 11, 2010
Having just watched a short film called Stasis I’ve found myself wondering how far film making has come? Big idea SF has largely been the perserve of small independent films since the 70s – certainly since Star Wars. Back before then large scale SF was being made regularly. You could go to a cinema and see a seriously handled big concept SF idea on the screen and enjoy yourself. Towards the end of the 70s these become less common and are virtually extinct by the end of the 80s. The mainstream became dominated by franchises, tent-pole films and action films in SF trappings. Now; don’t get me wrong, I really like a lot of these movies and I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with well executed pure entertainment (a recent example might be Predators) but I would like to see some of the better elements of SF put up on screen again. My big hope is that Inception marks a turning point.
All of which is a long winded way of saying watch Stasis. It’s really good.